Genesis 12:1-9

Dear Friends,

This week, I offer the first in a short sermon series “Holy Recreation.”  How may we renew ourselves this summer? One typical way, of course, is to travel.  To explore a new city or country, or even a new setting within our local Bay Area. When we enter new surroundings, we often gain a fresh perspective.  This Sunday, I’ll explore travel as pilgrimage.   This sermon isn’t in the Popcorn Parable series, but I do want to recommend the movie “The Way” with Martin Sheen.  As the summary suggests, “this is a modern-day odyssey – the soulful journey of a man who sets off on an epic journey, thinking he is utterly lost, only to keep bumping into surprise moments of community, companionship and inspiration that begin to steer his way.” That is a great description of pilgrimage…  a sacred journey that is more about “the way” than the destination.  As poet David Whyte writes…  …[Pilgrimage] is the sense of having walked from far inside yourself…

… every step along the way, you carry the heart and the mind and the promise that first set you off and drew you on and that you were more marvelous in your simple wish to find a way
than the gilded roofs of any destination you could reach.   * David Whyte from Pilgrim ©2012 Many Rivers Press   What journey are you about to embark on?  How about beginning your own personal odyssey this summer? Enjoy the journey along the way, with wonder and appreciation at each crossroad and encounter.   

Blessings on the road,

Jan Rev. Jan Reynolds 

Worship News: 

DINNER AND A MOVIE! This Summer’s Popcorn Parables Sermon Series is almost complete. We’ll be previewing each movie the Friday before the sermon, beginning with a dinner at 6:00PM ($10 per person) and movie at 7:00PM. The schedule is as follows: Friday, August 9th: “Toy Story 2”, Please RSVP for the pulled pork sandwich dinner on the Communication Card this Sunday!  

BERGEN-MARTIN SCHOLARSHIP AND HAZEL BURNETT SCHOLARSHIP NEWS: Applications for the Fall 2019 Semester are now being accepted for the Hazel Burnett Scholarship (college Juniors and Seniors) and the Bergen-Martin Scholarship (college Freshman and Sophomores). The deadline for applications is August 25, 2019. For information and to get applications, contact the church office at 707-996-6024 or email [email protected]   

SUNDAY, AUGUST 25TH AT 10:00AM, BETWEEN WORSHIP SERVICES, WE WILL BE HOLDING OUR ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING. Our published annual reports will be available in the Narthex and will provide updates from our different ministries from this past fiscal year. During the meeting the budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year will be presented. Please plan to attend!  

St. Andrew Presbyterian Church16290 Arnold Drive,
Sonoma, CA
(707) 996-6024